"As children grow older, parents must give them greater freedom, including greater freedom to make mistakes. "

Tantrums

John's Most Recent Articles

Send Toddler to Designated Tantrum Spot

Posted on 3/14/2017

Q: My 30-month-old has started throwing tantrums when I do not give her or do for her what she wants. During her fits, she cries, screams, tries to hit and even bite me, and then, if I prevent her...

Read More

Authority Is About Unequivocal Expectations, Not Persuasion

Posted on 3/8/2016

Actress Charlize Theron recently caused a media stir when she wrestled her adopted four-year-old son Jackson to the ground when he began throwing a public tantrum. For this, Theron was labeled a...

Read More

Occasional Tantrums Don't Indicate Bipolar Disorder

Posted on 1/27/2016

Q: Our 3-year-old son is very sweet, loving, and generally well-behaved. Occasionally, however, he breaks into a huge tantrum during which he becomes uncontrollable. The word “possessed” comes to...

Read More

3 year-old Tantrums

Posted on 9/8/2015

Copyright 2015, John K. Rosemond Q: Our first, a girl, just turned three and has suddenly started throwing tantrums. She can begin a tantrum when she’s alone in her room if something...

Read More

Head Banging

Posted on 7/1/2014

Q: When he throws a tantrum, which happens several times a day, my 20-month-old often gets down on the floor and starts banging his head. Worried that he may hurt himself, I pick him up and...

Read More
View All Articles

Recent Questions

Aggression and the Ticket System

Posted 1 week ago

My son will be 4 next month. The 2s and 3s were fairly uneventful for us- nothing beyond your typical discipline issues that were quickly nipped. Several weeks ago, however, he began getting angry...

Read More

New baby=tantrums for Big Sister!

Posted on 5/22/2017

We just brought the new baby home and it's full-blown, almost constant tantrums from our 30-month old. We used our 'tantrum place', but her tantrums are 15-20 minute, full-on bloodcurdling scream...

Read More

Angry Outbursts from a 3-year-old

Posted on 5/21/2017

Every time I tell my 3 1/2 year old to do something (ex: put your cup up on the table more instead of on the edge, don't jump around in the kitchen, etc.) she crosses her arms and grunts. Or she...

Read More

Toddler Tantrums

Posted on 5/17/2017

I have a 2.5 year old and a 13 month old. My 2 year old has started to throw tantrums in public if things don't go his way. He will start crying and throw himself on the floor. How should I handle...

Read More

Teaching your child who is the boss.

Posted on 5/13/2017

My almost 3 year old daughter has developed the habit of using my breasts as a soothing tool. She was weaned well over a year ago, yet I still can't seem to get her to stop touching, cuddling and...

Read More

The Twos, Doubled

Posted on 5/10/2017

I have boy/girl twins that will be two years old in 2 weeks. We are experiencing an increase in several behavior issues that seem to be compounded by a very recent move (last week) and also...

Read More

Who is really in control?

Posted on 5/9/2017

My daughter turns 4 next week and has been using the potty since she was 23 months old. However, she loves to pee her pants about 4-5/wk. This is either done out of spite (her way of throwing a...

Read More

5 yo Tantrums

Posted on 4/23/2017

Good Afternoon, Our five year old has changed since starting school this year. He used to be for the most part a quiet, compliant and cheerful soul to have around. If behaviour got out of hand,...

Read More

2 yo Tantrums While Shopping

Posted on 4/22/2017

What should I do when I am out shopping alone with my 2 year old and he decides "he wants out of the buggy" and starts to throw a terrible fit?

Read More

Here Come the Terrible Terrific Twos!

Posted on 4/19/2017

My usually pleasant almost 2 year old daughter just started throwing violent fits this week, kicking, screaming, and trying and sometimes succeeding in banging her head into my face. A few times...

Read More
View All Questions